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Irving Shipbuilding Sues Davie

Rob Almeida
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February 18, 2014

irving shipbuildingHalifax, Canada-based Irving Shipbuilding Inc. has added Davie Shipyard, the largest shipyard in Canada, to its lawsuit over the alleged mishandling of confidential material by former Irving employee, Jared Newcombe.

Newcombe is now Davie’s Chief Operating Officer.

In Irving Shipbuilding’s (ISI) initial lawsuit last year, they allege that before Newcombe left Irving, he “downloaded and/or copied numerous documents and electronic records from the ISI server to a personal removable storage device. Such documents and electronic records are the property of ISI and contain sensitive confidential information about ISI and its operations.”

According to a press statement yesterday from Irving, they have amended their lawsuit noting that, “Newcombe conveyed confidential business and proprietary information of Irving Shipbuilding to Davie and that Davie forwarded this material internally to other employees.”

In an August 15, 2013-date letter to Irving Shipbuilding, Davie CEO Alan Bowen wrote, “we share your disapproval of employees who breach their obligations to their former employers, especially by passing such employer’s confidential information to their current employer.”

Irving Shipbuilding further claims that at the time of the letter from Bowen, Newcombe had given the confidential documents to other Davie employees and that the Bowen had received the files and had forwarded them on to Chief Financial Officer, James Davies.

Irving Shipbuilding is seeking the return of its information and damages.

In response to the lawsuit, Davie Shipyard has emailed us the following statement:

“Chantier Davie Canada Inc. (Davie) categorically denies all of the allegations made against it by Irving Shipbuilding Inc. in the proposed amendments to its Statement of Claim, filed with the Supreme Court of Nova Scotia on February 17, 2014. Davie intends to rigorously defend against these allegations, if and when Irving is granted an order adding Davie as a defendant. Davie is confident that the court will find in its favour.

In the meantime, we continue to deliver on our contracts and maintain focus on strengthening Canada’s shipbuilding Sector.”

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